Balthasar Denner

1685-1749 Germany/Miniature Portraitist

 

Brief Biography-Balthasar Denner from Altona-Hamburg was a distinguished miniature portraitist. He trained in his home town and spent two years in Danzig learning oil painting. Painting the heads of old men and women were his specialty. Wherever he toured he took with him a painting of an old women which gave reference to his skills; he turned down the sum of five hundred guineas for it. His travels took him to Amsterdam, London and Copenhagen, undertaking commissions for nobility. Among his patrons were the Emperor Charles VI, the King of Denmark and the Czar Peter. Charles VI was so impressed by the head of the old woman he paid him handsomely for it and locked it in a cabinet for safekeeping. He subsequently paid him the same for a painting of a head of an old man. One of his better-known portraits was of George Frideric Handel the composer. The artist Dominicus van der Smissen who was a pupil of his, was known to have famously married his sister Katherina. Denner spent his last years in Rostock where he died in 1749.

 

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a cup
of coffee

a cup of coffee

an
old woman

an old woman

catharina denner the
artist's daughter

catharina denner the artist's daughter

elisabeth sophie mary
of schleswig holstein

elisabeth sophie mary of schleswig holstein norburg by Balthasar Denner

george
frideric handel

george frideric handel

old man in a fur
trimmed coat

old man in a fur trimmed coat

portrait of a man
probably c troost

portrait of a man probably cornelis troost by Balthasar Denner

portrait
of an old man

portrait of an old man


self portrait

self portrait

the old man with an
hourglass and a skull

the old man with an hourglass and a skull

thomas first baron
southwell

thomas first baron southwell of castle mattres

three children of the
councilor barthold

three children of the councilor barthold hinrich brockes

woman with fur
collar

woman with fur collar